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Wausau Town Hall. MWC file photo.

Two public safety issues in Portage and Marathon counties will be discussed on Tuesday.

First, Stevens Point City Council and the Police and Fire Commission will both consider an agreement to provide fire protection services for the Village of Park Ridge beginning later this week.

The Village Council began drafting an agreement with the City in mid-June, citing the resignation of their fire chief and others within the department.

City Council will consider the proposal at 11:30 a.m. He will also go to a special meeting of the Police and Fire Commission at 2. If approved, the agreement will go into effect on Friday.

The deal is called a stopgap, it’s unclear what the long-term plan for the village will be.

Later today, the Wausau Police Department will go to the city’s finance committee to request a one-time incentive for officers nearing retirement. According to the agenda for the meeting, Deputy Chief Matthew Barnes will offer to offer a $2,000 incentive to those who give six months’ notice of retirement, instead of the standard two months’ notice.

According to a memo from Barnes to the committee, the extended notice would help control officers’ overtime by allowing replacements to join during the notice period of retiring officers. He says it would control overtime costs and allow them to train while retiring staff are still working.

Click here to see the memo provided in Tuesday’s agenda folder

The Finance Committee will discuss the matter at 5:00 p.m. at City Hall.